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Concussion for N.C. student body-slammed by cop

A high school girl in North Carolina says she’s experiencing symptoms like those suffered by people who suffer a concussion as a result of being slammed to the ground in school today by a police officer under contract with the Wake County Public School System, The Associated Press reports.

Jasmine Darwin, 15 years old and weighing all of about 100 pounds, is one of about 2,200 students at Rolesville High School. She was shown on a video, posted to Twitter, being body slammed to the ground. A second video confirms Ms Darwin’s account to CNN that she was breaking up a fight right before the officer got there between her sister and another girl.

The nine-second video, posted by Ahunna Akpuda, another student at the school, shows only the reaction of the school resource officer, who has been identified as Ruben De Los Santos and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into his actions.

“He drags her farther away from the actual fight after it was broken up,” the AP quoted Ms Akpuda as saying in a phone interview Wednesday. “That’s when he proceeds to lift her up and slam her down to the ground.”

CBS North Carolina reported Ms Darwin’s mother as saying her daughter has a concussion and is suffering from headaches and vision difficulties at this time.

The school district hasn’t released any substantive statement in reference to the incident. Nor have town officials, but Chief Bobby Langston of the Rolesville police said he has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to review the case.

“The safety of our students is always our first priority,” Rolesville Principal Dhedra Lassiter said in a letter about the incident. “It is vital that our children have a positive relationship with these law enforcement officials.”

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